The Culinary Insider - Mar. 3, 2008 (Vol. VI, Issue 5)

Culinary Programs Recognized by ACFFAC as Exemplary at 2008 ACF Southeast Regional Conference

Ten postsecondary culinary programs were recognized by the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFFAC) as exemplary at the 2008 ACF Southeast Regional Conference held at the Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Va., March 1-3.

The programs are at the following schools:

  • Faulkner State Community College, Gulf Shores, Ala.
  • Florida Culinary Institute, West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta
  • The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Keiser College, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Orlando Culinary Academy - Le Cordon Bleu Program, Orlando, Fla.
  • Stratford University, Falls Church, Va.
  • National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University, Louisville, Ky.
  • Trenholm State Technical College, Montgomery, Ala.

The ACFFAC, recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), provides regulatory oversight of post-secondary institutions. This specialized accreditation is a voluntary action on the part of the institution that requires curriculum, faculty, resources, support staff, and organizational structure all meet or exceed quality standards.

To qualify as an exemplary program upon renewal of ACFFAC accreditation, a program will have had to have been in full compliance the last two site visitation reports. The visiting team determines that the program has met the ACFFAC standards in eight required areas: eligibility; program mission and goals; organization and administration; faculty and staff; curriculum; facilities; student services; and assessment. Exemplary programs are accredited for seven years.

2008 ACF Central Regional Conference Photos

The 2008 ACF Central Regional Conference that took place, February 8-10, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., was a tremendous success, and a good time was had by all. View the pictures and see for yourself. More than 400 chefs, culinarians, partners and foodservice representatives were in attendance.

There Is No Time Like the Present...

Are you a Certified Culinarian (CC), Certified Sous Chef (CSC) or Certified Working Pastry Chef (CWPC) who keeps thinking about upgrading your certification? Or, are you a Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) ready to renew your certification?

There is no time like the present to move your career to the next level and take advantage of ACF's current initial and renewal application fees. The application prices for CSC, CWPC and CCC are increasing effective May 1 with CSC and CWPC initial and renewal fees at $110, and CCC initial and renewal fees at $120.

If you have any questions, please contact Aimee Karaitis, assistant director of certification, at (800) 624-9458, ext. 122, or

Key Ingredient Pledge Drive Update

ACF Culinary Team USA is a little closer to Erfurt thanks to the many ACF members who pledged their support. Individual donations, from $10 to $1,000, are steadily being received, with more than $1,500 donated by members during the Central Regional Conference. There is still a long way to go in supporting ACF Culinary Team USA as they represent YOU at the "culinary Olympics."

A challenge to all ACF chapters from Clark Braun, CEC, president of ACF Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs in South Dakota:

"I want to throw out a challenge to all chapters. We're a small chapter with only 21 members, and we're pledging $1,500 to support the teams. South Dakota is probably one of the lower pay scales in the country, and our pledge of $1,500 is almost $71 per member. If we can do it, other larger chapters can, too. With the interest and attention given to competitions on TV and in the media, we want our team members working hard and training so they win. You, too, can either stand behind them with your pledge so they can train hard to win, or you can wonder why they didn't do better."

Call Kim Silbar, director of marketing, at (800) 624-9458, ext. 103, or visit the ACF Web site to make your pledge today!

2008 ACF Event Series Dates & Deadlines

Register today for the 2008 ACF Northeast and Western Regional Conferences and National Convention. Downloadable forms are on ACF's Web site, or you can REGISTER ONLINE. Early-bird discounts are available on registration, trade-show exhibitor booths, hotel room rates and airfare.

Visit ACF online for more information. When it comes to Achieving Culinary Excellence, it's never too early to plan.

Northeast Regional Conference, April 5-7
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio
Early registration discount deadline is March 5, register online.
Special room rate of $135 expires on March 15.
American Academy of Chefs Dinner, April 6, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Western Regional Conference, April 19-21
Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Early registration discount deadline is March 19, register online.
Special room rate of $139 expires on April 4.
American Academy of Chefs Dinner, April 18, The Country Club

National Convention, July 14-17
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.
American Academy of Chefs Dinner, July 13
Downloadable Attendee Registration Form

NewChef Fashions, Inc. is the official Logo Merchandising Partner for the 2008 ACF Events Series. Visit the NEWCHEF Web site and order your conference apparel today.

ACF Career Center for Job Seekers and Employers

The ACF Career Center allows job seekers to post their résumé anonymously and view open culinary positions across the nation. Plus, personal job alerts can be established for e-mail notification of postings that match search preferences. Employers can post open positions, manage postings, view résumés, store candidate information and manage online recruiting with ease. Create an account now at!

AAC 2008 Phillips Foods Recipe Contest

Congratulations to the 2008 Southeast Regional Conference winner, Anthony Lauri, CEC, AAC, executive chef at the University of Miami and a member of ACF Greater Miami Chapter Epicurean Club. He won for his Phillips King Crabmeat Lettuce Wraps.

ACF Membership Opportunities

ACF has expanded its membership opportunities by creating the Culinary Enthusiast category available to individuals not employed in the culinary industry, but who have a passion for the culinary arts. Member benefits include attending chapter events, discounted conference and convention registrations, ACF e-store special pricing, subscriptions to The National Culinary Review and The Culinary Insider, and a gift.

The category of Culinarian was also added and includes line cooks, bakers, pastry cooks and other non-management culinarians with a minimum of six months of full-time employment. This level of membership is limited to five years.The goal is for the culinarian to pursue on-the-job training and gain the experience necessary to advance to the Professional Culinarian level. Learn more by visiting

Have you seen the new watches at ACF's e-Store?

Show off your ACF affiliation with a classically detailed watch from the ACF e-Store. AAC, ACF, ACF Culinary Team USA and WACS logos are available. The iBeam Optical Timepieces have a patented pop-up magnifying lens and a built-in LED flashlight. The lens and light are incorporated into a beautiful watch suitable for business and dressy occasions. The watches are ideal for reading small print or reading in low-light areas, and they are even water-resistant.

CAFÉ Announces 2008 Educator Workshops and Leadership Conference

The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) offers professional-development workshops for foodservice instructors and commercial chefs at all levels.

Go to "Events" at


  • June 20-22 - "The Art of Presentation," L'Academie de Cuisine, Gaithersburg, Md.
  • July 17-20 - "Teaching Front-of-House Operations," Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Pittsburgh (for dining-room and front-of-house instructors)
  • July 24-26 - "Desserts & Fine Chocolates," Florida Culinary Institute, West Palm Beach
  • Aug. 1-3 - "Celebrating Global Cuisines," Professional Culinary Institute, San Jose, Calif. Emphasis on Japanese, Pacific Fusion and Italian

Register by May 1 for all CAFÉ events for best registration discount!

Specifically for college-program directors and lead instructors:

"Ultimate Leadership: Redefining Excellence in Foodservice Education"
June 27-29, 2008
Hosted by Kendall College

Keynoters: "Eating Trends in the United States," Harry Balzer, vice president, The NPD Group, and "How to Flip the Switch: Working with Students and Young People of Today's Generation," Charles Carroll, CEC, AAC, author, Leadership Lessons from a Chef.
Field trips (one free with registration) include the sights and tastes unique to Chicago including Goose Island Brewery, West Town Tavern, French Pastry School and a special Urban Agriculture tour.
Breakout sessions include the "greening" of Kendall College, healthier menu items, taste-sensitivity teaching methods, adapting new eating patterns to foodservice, effective classroom demonstrations, alternate career paths for students and global partnerships.

ACF CE hours and Purdue University CEUs awarded at all CAFÉ events

Visit or call (410) 268-5542 for dates, agendas, registration and hotel information.

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New England Culinary Institute: A Key Ingredient To Your Career

2008 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of NY

As a member of ACF we invite you to attend the 2008 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York March 9-11, 2008 in New York.

From cutting edge education to innovative foodservice products and services we've got you covered. REGISTER TODAY